Charitas is one of the 48 neighborhoods in which the city of NiterĂ³i is divided. The area was once part of the Jesuitic Sesmaria, where the Jesuits built a cemetery and also a church consecrated to Saint Francis Xavier. The name of the neighborhood derives from the Latin word "caritas", which means "charity". One of the notable landmarks is the renowned Lagoinha Baptist Church, located in front of the Charitas beach.